Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, has been with WWE for the better part of the last two decades. His illustrious in-ring career in WWE has seen him become a 13-time World Champion, usher in the Attitude Era with the formation of D-Generation X along with Shawn Michaels, and overcome multiple serious injuries to become one of the best the company has seen. Triple H is rarely seen competing in the ring these days as he has the enormous responsibility of running WWE, along with his wife Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, as the Chief Operating Officer.
During the late 1990s into the 2000s, one could argue that Triple H was the most hated superstar in WWE history. Many simply despised everything about Triple H. He was simply the man to hate in WWE. The same could be said today, as Triple H continues to run WWE with an iron fist with the help of The Authority. Ever since becoming a member of The Kliq in the mid 90s, Triple H has always had some sort of power within the company, both on the TV screen and backstage. He has used this to his advantage over his two decade run in WWE, which has ultimately led to where he is in the business today. Not everyone The Game has worked with over his career has liked how Triple H has gone about things. Whether it has been backstage politics, burying colleagues, or kissing the boss's backside while going home to his daughter, Triple H has made his share of enemies in WWE. Here is a list, in no particular order, of those who have been very critical of Triple H.
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15 Chris Jericho
This is a smaller instance, but Jericho was right to shoot back at Triple H. Fans might remember when Triple H threw Jericho's name in his speech to Daniel Bryan. The COO said, “Guys like Jericho, Edge, Rob Van Dam. All guys that are very talented, don’t get me wrong. Top guys! Very popular! But not “the one." Never were they “the one." And maybe nobody wants to say this, but it needs to be said: It’s a fact. If any of those guys had been the face of the WWE back in the day, we’d all be working for Ted Turner right now." Jericho would respond with:
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) October 22, 2013
14 Ricardo Rodriguez
We start off the list with Alberto Del Rio's former personal ring announce,r who did not hold anything back after being fired from WWE on July 30th, 2014. Apparently Rodriguez was not meeting the weight goals that WWE had set for him and he was let go in large part due to not being able to maintain a suitable weight. So after WWE signed Indy wrestler Kevin Steen in August of 2014, who was a large individual himself, Rodriguez took to Twitter to lash out at the company, and in particular Triple H. Steen tweeted a picture of himself and Triple H posing to which Rodriguez responded with the following tweets, according to WrestlingINC.com:
“Congrats.. I hope he at least looked at you while shaking hands at one point and did call you fat as f–k. #OhMemories.”
“#BumbleBee was his name for me… Don’t even think he ever knew my real name.”
Both tweets have since been deleted but the wrestling world knows how Rodriguez really feels about the C.O.O.
13 Ken Shamrock
"The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken Shamrock, has been critical of Triple H and his supposedly massive ego. Shamrock believes that Hunter's ego would not allow him to put him over in matches early in their careers, or with anyone else that he might work with. The spotlight always had to be on Triple H and he would get upset when it came time to take a backseat to another superstar. Shamrock attributes this as to why he hasn't heard from WWE in regards to a return to the ring. He also blamed Triple H for not properly promoting Lesnar's UFC stint when he returned to the company in 2012, according to WrestlingINC.com. All in all, it seems he just didn't think much of Triple H.
12 Kurt Angle
Once Kurt Angle left WWE behind to join TNA, he became very outspoken about his former company and, naturally, Triple H. In an interview with TheSun, Kurt Angle revealed some of the frustration he had with WWE programming. He first proclaimed that Triple H would put him down becuse he knew Angle was a better wrestler. He then said “I had to deal with that stuff all the time. I’d wrestle Shawn Michaels and I’d get a little rough with him, then I’d get heat from Vince McMahon because I beat up on Shawn too much. So I’m like: ‘Well you know what, I’m tired of the two long-haired sissies. If they can’t go up against me then don’t put them up against me.” Harsh words from the Olympic champion, though things are likely better between the two now, as Angle has recently stated that he wouldn't mind going back to the WWE.
11 Scott Steiner
The Big Bad Booty Daddy has never held back when it comes to talking about Triple H or, as he calls him, "the Kevin Federline of professional wrestling." Triple H had come out and took shots at Steiner previously, saying that he couldn't wrestle and the feeling is the same from Steiner towards Triple H. To prove his point, Steiner cited, in an interview on his official site, two terrible matches that Triple H put on, one vs Hulk Hogan and another vs Booker T at WrestleMania XIX. He also said that Triple H is only where he is because he's "f***ing the boss's daughter." He also took it as far as calling Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair "p*****s."
10 Paul London
Although I'm sure WWE hasn't been begging London to come back, he has stated that he would never make a return to the company as long as Triple H is in power. London claimed, in a radio interview, that Triple H is jealous of other superstars who are more talented than him and who have more personality, like RVD. He then decided to discuss Triple H's realtionship with his sledgehammer, saying:
"Hunter has had the same matches his whole career. If the guy is so damn tough, why does he need a sledgehammer? How do you justify this guying be a bad ass if he always has a weapon? Hunter is like that nerd that throws out a joke expecting the room to start laughing and ends up laughing at his own joke."
9 Dolph Ziggler
"The Show Off's" criticism of Triple H wasn't anything for his boss to lose sleep over, but he was still critical of him nonetheless. Ziggler basically said, according to WrestleZone, that if the COO likes you, then you'll be unstoppable and have numerous opportunities (i.e Randy Orton). Orton is one of the most talented competitors in WWE, so it's no surprise that he's had numerous title reigns and opportunities to be in the spotlight. No one can take that away from him. Though it also doesn't hurt that the boss' son-in-law is in your corner.
8 Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar, whose on and off relationship with WWE has been well documented over the years, also has been critical of Triple H in the past. In an interview back in 2008, Lesnar was asked how he felt about Triple H burying him in 2002 after The Game was awarded the brand-new World Heavyweight title by Eric Bischoff and Lesnar had been drafted exclusively to Smackdown. Here's a sample of what Triple H had to say about Lesnar on the September 2nd, 2002 edition of RAW about Lesnar;
“Brock Lesnar knows he doesn't belong in the same ring with me. Brock Lesnar knows that he can’t stay with me in this ring... Brock Lesnar knew his days as champion were over, so he took his belt and ran with his tail between his legs. As it turns out, ‘The Next Big Thing’ has no b***s.”
The exchange that followed in the interview went as such, according to WrestleZone:
BL: I don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s how much attention I paid to Triple H (laughs)… I didn't even know that happened.
Interviewer: It did. You were a rising star at the time, and Triple H was the established star. His obnoxious speech did nothing to facilitate your growth.
BL: Well, when you’re (with) the boss’s daughter, you can pretty much say what you want.
Interviewer: You had a few matches with Triple H on the road, but you never had a feud on TV.
BL: I don’t think he wanted to put me over — so that never happened.
This obviously came at a time that Lesnar was not with the company. Since he has been back, he has had two matches with Triple H, one of which resulted in a win for Lesnar at SummerSlam 2012 and The Game actually tapped out in that match. Brock finally got Triple H to put him over...10 years later.
Goldberg has recently gone back and forth on the topic of Triple H. Before WrestleMania 30, Goldberg was in talks with Triple H to return, though they couldn't come to an agreement on salary or storyline. However, a year before that, when talks with fans on Twitter, he was asked a couple of questions. First he was asked this:
@Jordan76simeon .....if they knew how to do business I'd consider it.....
— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) May 18, 2013
He was then asked:
If that's not a diss, I don't know what is.
6 Jim Cornette
The former leader of "Camp Cornette" has been very critical of Triple H in the past and has not held back on speaking out about him. In an interview with WGD weekly, Cornette spoke on Triple H, saying: "In my opinion, he was never the star, he was always the guy that worked with the guy that drew the money, and he continues to push his boring self down the people’s throats." Cornette has also said that his promos are way too long and questioned (as many others have) whether he would be in the position he is now, if he wasn't married to the boss's daughter.
5 Randy Savage
Triple H seemed to have made an unnecessary enemy in "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Savage who thought very highly of Triple H and his ability in the ring was blindsided when he was called a dinosaur in an interview by Triple H. Of course, Savage was furious at the remark and responded in a way that only he could; by making a video where he said he'd b***h slap Triple H and take his girlfriend. Probably not the smartest of things to say when there was rumor of him having an affair with an underage Stephanie, who was 17 at the time.
4 CM Punk
By now, the whole WWE Universe should have a pretty good idea about how CM Punk feels about Triple H. Instead of possibly getting ready to compete at WrestleMania 31, Punk is instead training for his first fight in UFC. Punk has never been shy with his criticism of Vince McMahon's "doofus son-in-law" in the past and it all came out when Punk walked out on the company shortly after the 2014 Royal Rumble. The tipping point seemed to be when Punk found out he would be wrestling Triple H at WrestleMania 30, which was the straw that broke the camel's back and had him leave the company, according to Cageside Seats.
He would then say "he never had good vibes around him. He'd always heard that Triple H didn't like him, but wasn't sure. He added it up because Triple H would always look at him sideways and was really indirect with him," according to WrestlingInc.
3 The New Age Outlaws
For a team that worked closely with Triple H, one might find it surprising how much pent up frustration Road Dogg and Billy Gunn had for The Game, but then again, the more you're around someone, the more you get to know them. Much of what the New Age Outlaws had to say about Triple H has been nothing but bad.
In an interview in 2006, the duo spoke on what type of person Triple H really was. That he wouldn't help anyone else climb the proverbial ladder in WWE and was not willing to share the glory with anyone. Gunn even claimed that he wanted to hit Triple H, but knew he couldn't, for obvious reasons..
We've since witnessed D-Generation X return a couple times and The New Age Outlaws attempt to revive a struggling tag team division in recent years, so either the duo has left their issues with Triple H in the past or the money was too good to pass up.
2 Bret Hart
Although Hart and Triple H are on good terms these days, The Hitman was not always so fond of Triple H. In an outtake in an interview with WrestletalkTV, Bret Hart said a few things that were shocking about Triple H. When he spoke about Triple H's match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 28, he said "Before Triple H wrestled Undertaker last year, I remember watching it and going, 'I can picture the whole match in my head, I can tell you exactly what this match is going to be like and how it's going to go. And I remember watching it and it went exactly how I predicted it... I thought it was mediocre at best, maybe a 4 out of 10, or 3 out of 10."
He went on to say that "I think Paul is a little overrated... overrated for being great. I can sit here and tell you that there was one match that he ever had with anybody that I thought was great. It's kind of a shame, he should have a great match somewhere with somebody. And you'd think that he would have had it by now, but I don't think he's a great wrestler."
Very harsh words from The Hitman.
This entry isn't about Chyna simply being critical of Triple H's wrestling ability, but this was a personal issue. As many in the WWE Universe know, life after wrestling has not been kind to the 9th Wonder of the World. Her post-WWE endeavors, which have been well documented (and viewed, many times), are what many believe is holding her back from a long overdue spot in the WWE Hall Of Fame. Who does Chyna blame for her life spiraling out of control after her wrestling career? Triple H, of course.
We won't even bother to explain what she said, but we'll just direct you to the video above where she rips into her former boyfriend.
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